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Powdermill Avian Research Center News

 Spring 2016 Banding Workshops Scheduled

Two workshops have been scheduled for the Spring of 2016.  The first will be an Advanced Bander Workshop, from May 11 through May 15.This workshop is an excellent primer for NABC (North American Banding Council) Bander Certification as we will cover banding ethics, banding methodology, molt terminology, and use of the Pyle Guide.  The focus of this workshop is to decode the “Pyle Guide”, discuss molt terminology, and teach ageing passerines using molt limits; therefore, participants are expected to have prior experience handling and extracting birds from nets. 
The second workshop will be a Beginner Bander Workshop, from May 18 through May 22. This workshop is designed for individuals with little or no prior banding experience and will focus on banding ethics, banding methodology, safe handling
and extraction of birds from mist nets. As time allows, participants will be introduced to molt terminology and learning to age passerines using molt limits. 

The majority of time in the workshops will be spent in the field with live birds; however, these sessions will be complemented with some afternoon or evening presentations. The cost for each workshop is $650 per person.  On site lodging (with kitchen) and breakfast is included.  Participants will want to arrive Tuesday evening prior to the workshop. The workshop will begin before dawn on Wednesday and end Sunday at noon.

If you are interested in attending a workshop please fill out the workshop Google Form. Submission of the google form does not guarantee a place in the workshop.  Space is limited, therefore priority will be given to those with opportunities to continue to utilize the skills we teach through work or volunteering. 
A confirmation email will be sent to all who register online.

BirdSafe Pittsburgh

Our citizen science project, BirdSafe Pittsburgh, recently launched a new website. With the help of the public we are recording instances of bird injuries or fatalities from building collisions in the city. Our volunteers help rescue injured birds and collect data which will allow us to reduce bird-building collisions in the future. 

This Spring, volunteers spent many hours looking for birds that had collided with windows in the Golden Triangle area of downtown Pittsburgh. If you are interested in walking a route or surveying your home, don't hesitate to contact us at You can also find out more information about BirdSafe Pittsburgh on Facebook

You Can Help...

If you would like to support the avian research conducted at Powdermill, why not consider our Adopt A Bird Band program. Adoptions also make great gifts for bird lovers, budding naturalists and conservation enthusiasts.


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